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Floating Improves Cognitive Function
Floating Improves Cognitive Function

The Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique (REST) utilizes float tanks in order to help people heal, both physically and mentally. Float Tanks, otherwise known as Sensory Deprivation tanks are like big enclosed baths with 550kgs of epsom salts, advanced filtration systems and they provide the perfect conditions for the brain to REST and restore optimal function.

 Benefits on the Brain:

  • Neurological pathways can be rewired during floating
  • General Brain Function is improved
  • Increased concentration and focus
  • Creativity
  • Altered states of consciousness arise without external distractions
  • Clarity of Mind
  • Reduced brain fog
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved brain plasticity (thanks to the high magnesium absorption) improving learning, memory and overall cognitive function
Floating for the Brain

During a float session, the removal of external stimuli allows the brain assimilate the information that has flowed into it. This assimilation can actually help with problem solving and decision making because after neurons have time to rest, new neurological pathways can be easily formed. An example of this is when you have had an epiphany mid-shower which is a moment of creativity and essentially indicated the formation of new pathways in the brain. In the Float Tanks, the brain isn’t trying to deal with a barrage of incoming information so it can actually utilize what you know in more effective ways. This prompts improvement in the individual’s ability to focus, concentrate, and find clarity.

Michael Hutchinson, author of “The Book of Floating,” describes how an increase in full body circulation and oxygen delivery to all the cells in the body directly aids the brain’s capacity for higher mental function and neuroplasticity.

“Floating promotes vasodilation, facilitating blood flow to all the parts and systems of the body, including the brain. It creates a whole body healing effect.” - Dr. John C. Lilli 

Regular float sessions train your motor nerves to rewire your brain to more regularly secrete endorphins, resulting a more consistent state of happiness, relaxation, and sustained positive energy levels. The pituitary glands also releases endorphins during floating. 

Testimonial: "Every time I float, it seems like a completely new experience. There's something so powerful about sensory deprivation and everyone should try it, whether for physical healing, the mental aspects, or for the spiritual journey. The conditions are like nothing you will experience in the outside world." - Adam

Freedom Float Memberships are available for $59 per month which gets you a monthly float, free Birthday float, free infrared sauna session and all additional floats for members are just $50.

Call us on 55 35 77 78

 

Written by Skye Miller

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Floating while pregnant - benefits & safety. Pregnancy workshops & $55 floats!

What is Float Therapy?

The art of Float Therapy involves lying back into body-temperature water in a sound-proof, light-proof 'tank' or 'pod' filled with 1000L of pristine water and 550kgs of Epsom Salt. Float therapy is a great way to achieve deep relaxation within your body and mind.  This deep relaxation is achieved by allowing your body the freedom to float weightlessly in a concentrated salt solution. The silent darkness of this bliss filled sanctuary allows your mind to remove all the white noise and sensory input of the external world, where you can easily slip into a deeply relaxed and meditative state. By freeing your mind from all outside distractions, your body can focus on repairing and rejuvenating itself.

The concentrated Epsom salt solution is extremely buoyant with high levels of magnesium sulphate, which is easily absorbed transdermally (through the skin), helping to ease muscular pain, alleviating stress and promote relaxation. Floating is both safe and simple. You firstly shower, get in the roomy floatation pod, lie down and let your mind and body release built up stress, anxiety and tension. The positive effects of floating can often last for several days. 

Floating During Pregnancy 

We see a common theme of pregnant clients coming out after a float session and reporting that the experience felt similar to being back in the womb (if only we could remember this!). You can only imagine the feeling of floating in the warm inviting cocoon of the float tank whilst pregnant. No other group have reported such instant positive effects from floating as much as our pregnant clients!

As with a lot of pregnant clients that enquire, you may be curious about whether it is safe to float during pregnancy? Whilst most doctors have no concern with floating in pregnancy, as with most treatments and activities it is advised to get the ok from your medical professional in the first trimester. It is a known fact that as you go through the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, gravity isn’t exactly in your favour. The lower back becomes increasingly sore, there is discomfort in your muscles and joints, and fluid is retained in your swelling feet and ankles. The zero gravity environment of the float pod offers an hour of weightlessness for a pregnant mum, with the pressure taken off all their limbs, lower back, and their abdomen area. That’s not even the best part, the positive effects of the magnesium in your system last for days after, with increased energy, fluid retention reduced and improved quality of sleep.

Whilst at this stage there haven’t been many research studies conducted specifically on just float therapy in pregnancy, there are known benefits of floating during pregnancy that stand out, and also play a key role in a healthy pregnancy.

 

Why you need to try Float Therapy if you are pregnant

1. Better Sleep Quality

As a pregnant mama’s belly grows and expands each week, it can become increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Many women experience disrupted sleep, which can develop into insomnia. The magnesium in the Epsom Salts can act as a muscle relaxant, as well as assisting in lowering stress hormones, therefore floating is a great natural alternative to sleep-inducing medications. The effects from floating can last for several days after, so it can help tired mums get into a relaxed, healthy sleep routine.

2. Magnesium Absorption for Prenatal Health

Magnesium is essential for many different functions in our bodies, particularly during pregnancy. Magnesium Sulfate is found in the Epsom Salts used in the float pod, this is what creates the buoyancy with the water. We can absorb a high amount of magnesium through our skin so this is a great way to ensure you’re getting the recommended intake throughout pregnancy.

3. Relief from Stress

There are many studies showing positive results with floating reducing stress levels. A lot of first-time expectant mums are nervous and stressed leading up to the birth of their baby, not to forget mum’s that already have a toddler or young child to care for! The Epsom Salts, combined with the sensory deprivation environment of the float pod allows you the opportunity to go into a theta brain wave state, where stress hormones are lowered, at the same time as your happy, feel good brain chemicals are increased (with effects lasting for days after). If your stress levels can be reduced during pregnancy, this could also help with healthy development for the baby. Meditation is a great practice to aid in stress relief, and no better environment to meditate than the float pod!

4. Physical Comfort during Pregnancy

We have to admit one of our favourite moments experienced at our beautiful centre is seeing the happy and very relaxed faces of pregnant mama’s as they walk out of their float room. We’ve even witnessed tears of gratitude and relief as they’ve described how it felt after 7+ months of pregnancy to be weightless for an hour. To feel all the added pressure release from their lower back, their tummy, and inflammation easing in their swollen ankles is a wonderfully unique experience. Most women experience aches and pains from carrying a baby (or for some more than one baby) around for months, so you can imagine that the weightless environment of the float pod can provide instantaneous relief. We have several ‘floating during pregnancy’ positions that we can recommend for maximum comfort, and will also put extra floating devices into the pod for you for extra comfort, so let our staff know when booking the appointment in or when you arrive and we will be more than happy to accommodate the most relaxed experience for the expectant mum!

5. "The Mirror Effect"

The float pod is like a womb within a womb for the little human growing inside you! This bonding experience is known in the float community as the “mirror effect”.  You couldn’t get a more perfect setting to bond with your baby than in the silent, darkened environment of the float pod. A lot of our pregnant clients have reported feeling their unborn baby’s movements more, or that their baby was really relaxed (bonus for you if it is towards the end of the pregnancy to have a chilled bub).

 

Other services for pregnant mums

At Freedom Float and Wellness Centre, we have a range of modalities to help you in your pregnancy. This includes floating, pregnancy massage, acupuncture, kinesiology, reiki, naturopathy, hypnotherapy and counselling.

As well as these modalities we also have a range of workshops running at the moment focusing on pregnancy. This includes several 5-week Hypnobirthing courses available. We currently have two ladies running the Hypnobirthing course at Freedom Float - Kirsty (from Birth in Harmony) and Karen (from Believe, Breathe, Birth). 

Hypnobirthing - The Mongan Method

The Mongan Method is a complete childbirth education program that teaches expectant couples to view birth as a normal, natural, healthy part of life rather than a medical emergency. In the absence of fear and tension, a woman’s body is uniquely and perfectly designed to birth comfortably, calmly and safely. HypnoBirthing dispels the myths and fears that lead to anxiety and negative expectations about the process of normal childbirth. Working with Kirsty, parents will learn powerful relaxation techniques that enable mothers to be as nature intended during labour and birth. You will leave the course each week feeling empowered, relaxed and informed ready for your birthing day. For more information about Hypnobirthing - The Mongan Method, please contact Karen or Kirsty :)

Pregnancy Meditation Circles

We also have a weekly pregnancy meditation circle for all women to come and share, learn and relax with their bubs, run by Nurture Birth. Nurture Birth also holds weekend workshops. The key skills being evidence and experience based birth knowledge, body/mind connection, active birth techniques, guided relaxation and more. For more information on NurtureBirth's meditation circles and workshops, visit the Nurture Birth page.  

There’s no better time to take the best possible care of your mind and body than during pregnancy! After all, you’re floating for two. Feel free to phone our centre on (07) 5535 7778 to chat to one of our staff about booking a float or other service to support you in your pregnancy!

To celebrate our pregnant floaters - we want to offer all pregnant mummies/mums-to-be (new and old) a one-hour float in our beautiful pods for only $55 (Off-peak times - Mon-Fri 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm sessions only).

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Stressed? This blog could be the answer you were looking for.

In a modern world, constant external stimuli, cause unreal amounts of stress on a person. Studies show that high levels of stress have a negative impact on brain function. Memory problems, anxiety, learning difficulties... the negative effects are endless. Some Neuroscientists have even shown that chronic stress can cause a difference in grey and white matter in the brain, as well as the size and connectivity of the amygdala and a number of neurons in the brain. 

1. Float Therapy 

One of the latest alternative medicine trends is all about sensory deprivation and it may well be the answer to your stress. One of the many primary benefits of Float Therapy is *drum roll* stress reduction! In this intense modern world we live in, we are constantly subjected to a wave of external stimuli. The fast emergence of technology has led us to a world of sitting hunched over at desks rushing to complete work. Our intense daily lives can lead to extreme physical and mental stress which can have a really bad impact on our overall health and wellbeing. 

Our float tanks are filled with 550kg of high-grade magnesium sulphate (epsom salt), which is just as concentrated as the dead sea, meaning you will completely float. The weightlessness will send you into deep relaxation and bliss. 

How floating helps you stress less:

  1. boosts endorphins
  2. reduces the stress hormones 
  3. alleviating chronic pain symptoms
  4. combats sleep disorders 
  5. increases dopamine and seratonin
  6. initiates theta brain wave state which can boost creativity
  7. & MUCH MORE

 

2. FAR-Infrared Sauna Therapy

FAR Infrared Sauna's helps sooth your mind by enveloping your body from the inside-out in a relaxing warmth. Designed for maximum comfort, you can loosen your body and mind. In this modern world, it is important to take some time off for yourself. Alone time is maximised in the sauna and gives you an opportunity to practise mindful meditation to reflect and move on from the stressors in your daily life. 

On top of helping manage your stress, the sauna can:

  1. improve detoxification and flush out toxins and heavy metals in your body
  2. help you relax
  3. support your immune system and facilitate in increasing your white blood cell count
  4. assist in weight control by burning fat cells, calories and fluid retention
  5. boost your metabolic rate
  6. cleanse the skin and reduce acne and cellulite

 

3. Remedial Massage

Remedial massage combines a variety of gentle and deep tissue techniques to lengthen or stretch muscles to improve body movement and reduce pain. Remedial massage is great for reducing stress as it opens up the muscles and flushes your body with fresh, vibrant nutrients, oxygen and water - the fundamental elements of life. 

How does Remedial Massage relieve stress:

  1. Release stress
  2. Lengthen muscles
  3. Improve joint movement
  4. Dissolve pain
  5. Relax the mind

How can remedial massage help with stress:

  1. massage helps stressed office shoulders by allowing more movement and reducing headaches.
  2. when stressed muscles tighten and reduce the amount of blood allowed through. Massaging these muscles hydrates and feeds then so they are soft and vibrant.
  3. Pain is often caused by muscle fibres that bundle under stress. These are called trigger points. Releasing these points often reduce stress related symptoms like headaches and muscle fatigue. 

Remedial massage is amazing for stress relief as it opens muscles and revitalises them with fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients. Dissolving tight muscles trigger points will release headaches and improve stress related symptoms. Your visit with Adrian will be nurturing and revitalising, with a primary focus on dissolving muscles stress with whatever techniques the customer favours you will walk out feeling calm and connected with your body. Remember, all treatments are tailored to your needs. 

 

4. Kinesiology

Kinesiology helps us identify the causes of stress by accessing the many and varied subconscious connections that lead to a stressed state of being. By working with the subconscious mind to unlock and integrate past experiences and events so the body can begin to let go of stress. 

Kinesiology is a healing modality used to identify and reduce stress on many different levels. Many external stressors such as workplace, family, relationship and financial pressures will trigger an internal emotional response. This usually also triggers a physical adrenal response which can cause the stress to come out somewhere physically in your body. Often we know when we are feeling stressed, but find it difficult to step out of this fight or flight mode and to know how to cope. During your Kinesiology session, you will learn the tools and techniques to switch the brain from this survival stress state to fundamental executive functioning. The result? We can begin to return the nervous system to a balanced state which has an immediate physiological impact - calmness, relaxation, clarity and rationality. 

Kinesiology works with the Chinese medicine system and Ayurvedic chakra system to balance energy centres as well as teaches us new strategies for understanding and coping with stress to help us better deal with future situations. 

How Kinesiology can relieve stress:

  1. emotional release
  2. balance the nervous system
  3. return to a state or calm and clarity
  4. identify causes of stress
  5. teaches you tools for coping

 What can you expect from your first Kinesiology session with Sarah?

  1. You are asked to gently lay back and relax. Sarah will take your case history of the problem and set a goal to work towards
  2. Sarah will perform muscle testing to gather a complete picture of health from a physical, mental, emotional, biochemical and spiritual perspective through the mind and body connection
  3. After finding stored emotions, stress and blockages, Sarah will use a variety of techniques to help bring your body back into balance
  4. After the session, Sarah will email you a summary of the balance and provide you with tools and ideas to help your healing journey

Sarah loves be able to nurture her clients and find the cause of the problem. With her background and love for exercise and nutrition, she believes that no matter how healthy you eat or how much you train if you store emotions, it will always end up storing somewhere in your body or coming back as an illness.

 

5. Naturopathy

Naturopathy utilises a wide array of natural remedies and techniques to restore and maintain health in a way that encourages and support's the body's own innate ability to heal itself. 

Stress is experienced differently by everyone, however most of us can relate to a feeling of mental/emotional strain which may result from an adverse or demanding circumstance in our lives. This feeling it stimulated by the brain when we perceive a threat to our wellbeing. Therefore, the physical responses occurring within the body when we are stressed are still the same survival mechanisms that would have occurred thousands or years ago. These include: blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, along with decreased digestion and immune function. Our bodies generally handle this quite well, however, when it is sustained for months or even years at a time, it can become very harmful for your body. Chronic stress can cause toxic by-products to damage our tissue, exhaust our adrenal glands and deplete the body's nutrients. 

Naturopathy can help you learn how to manage stress in your life as well as discover the necessary supplements you need for a healthy bodily balance. Brooke has written 6 tips on how to manage your stress effectively. 

  1. Breathe - stress can cause us to shallow breathe which limits the amount of oxygen. This can result in sighing, yawning, dizziness and fatigue. When you're feeling stressed, take a moment to stop what you're doing and breathe. This helps to calm the body and reduce the stress response. 
  2. Avoid stimulants - Stress causes our bodies to be stimulated, so consuming things such as coffee, energy drinks and sugar, can further increase the stress response. Choose to eat foods that nourish the body such as, fresh fruit and vegetables, avocado, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, oily fish and teas such as chamomile and lavender. 
  3. Exercise - 30 minutes a day has been shown to significantly reduce stress levels, psychological well-being, physical health, life satisfaction and cognitive function. 
  4. Magnesium - Low levels of magnesium seems to be common in those who lead busy lifestyles which suggests that stress may increase the elimination of magnesium in the body. Magnesium supplementation can relieve muscle tension, reduce feelings of stress, worry and anxiety and improve feelings of wellbeing and sleep quality. 
  5. Kava - Kava works with the central nervous system to exert a calming effect throughout the body with no side effects of sedation. It can also relieve muscle tension and improve sleep.
  6. Relax - Daily relaxation techniques such as meditation, walking in nature, reading or massage can bring balance to the nervous system. 

 

6. Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture is based upon the concepts of Qi, blood and fluid movement within the body. Symptoms of stress often represent areas of excess or deficiency within the body – take for example insomnia. Insomnia represents an excess of Qi (energy) in the mind resulting in poor sleep. 

There are also numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including:

  1. depression
  2. anxiety
  3. heart attacks
  4. stroke
  5. hypertension
  6. immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections
  7. a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers
  8. autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis

Stress can also have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected. Acupuncture appears to have moderate evidence in the reduction of some of the above signs/symptoms, via various studies on randomised controlled trials (RCT’s) or pooled effect models. Essentially, stress is something we all need to mitigate as it affects our physiology in a negative way. Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about balance. Regular Acupuncture as well as, exercise, eating a varied diet and staying warm throughout the winter months will assist you in maintaining good health.

 

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How can Float Therapy help manage your pain?

We ALL experience pain, whether it be physical, mental or emotional.

How do you manage your pain?

 
To help you manage your pain more effectively, we have created the SEVEN points of pain management. These are: Float Therapy, FAR Infrared Sauna, Remedial Massage, Acupuncture, Integrative Remedial Therapy, Naturopathy and Kinesiology. To celebrate pain management, this week (Pain week) we will introduce a new therapy to you each day and explain how it can be used to help you manage your pain!

 

Have YOU tried our state-of-the-art floatation tanks?

Float Therapy is a unique form of holistic therapy perfect for achieving deep states of relaxation for your mind and body. As you effortlessly lie in our Magnesium Sulphate filled pods, you can completely shut off your mind and body with our stimulus-free environment. 
 
Float tanks are also known as "Sensory Deprivation tanks" or "Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy" as they completely cut off the stimulus that we see daily. The zero-gravity weightlessness feel allows the relaxation of skeletal muscles as your body naturally falls into place within the water. Our clients often report positive effects for up to 48hours after their float.
 
~ Physical benefits include reduced stress, enhanced athletic performance, promotion of blood circulation, reduced inflammation, relieved menstrual symptoms and pregnancy discomfort.
 
~ Mental benefits include improved creativity, reduced anxiety, depression and nervousness, assisting to combat sleep disorders, increased mental clarity and, the synchronisation of your left and right brain hemispheres. These effects allow a deep state of meditation and relaxation to be easily reached. 
 
Dr Thomas H. Fine and Robert A. Borrie studied the effects of Float Therapy on Chronic Pain and found:
 
"Floatation can have an important role at several stages of the pain management process. By reducing both muscle tension and pain in a relatively short time and without effort on the part of the patient, flotation provides a dramatic demonstration of the benefits of relaxation. Relief is immediate and, although temporary, offers promise of further relief from floatation and other relaxation-based strategies." In their research, they found extraordinary benefits for chronic pain patients. Most of the patients that utilised flotation tanks suffered from chronic pain for longer than six months and floated from one to 16 sessions. Overall, they reported a reduction in pain that averaged 31.3%, with the highest level of relief in the upper back at 63.6%.
 

 

Start your journey to a pain-free life and Book Now.

 
If you're a first-timer, watch this video to see how we do things at Freedom Float Centre:
 

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